You do all the right things for your skin – or so you think. After all, you wear sunscreen, moisturize properly, and use quality anti-aging products. But could there be surprising culprits in your midst that are impacting your skin’s health and appearance? We did some sleuthing to uncover five unexpected elements that may be causing trouble for your skin:
Towels: It’s common knowledge that a dirty pillowcase can wreak havoc on the skin, but towels may be even worse. Debris from hand wiping ends up on towels by the sink, and the damp bathroom is a breeding ground for bacteria. Using fresh towels daily can help, especially for those that touch the face.
Hair products: Even the best hair products may irritate delicate facial skin, so take precautions, particularly if you’ve noticed dry skin or breakouts. Cover your face with a towel before using sprays, and wear an absorbent headband when exercising to prevent transfer.
Sunglasses: You’ve been told to wipe down your cell phone regularly, and the same goes for glasses and sunglasses. They can harbor a buildup of oil, dirt, and bacteria that irritates the skin and causes breakouts.
Tap water: Your water may be laced with purifying chemicals, including chlorine, that are essential for safe consumption but harsh on your skin. If you suffer from dry skin, a shower filter head could offer relief.
Outdated lens prescription: You might ask what neglecting your eye health has to do with your skin. It’s all that squinting, and the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes that result! Make sure your lens prescription is up to date, and always read and work in adequate light.